Protests continue in Amity law school over student’s suicide

  • Vaibhav Jha, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2016 13:45 IST
Amity University students in Noida, India on Tuesday. (Sunil Ghosh/Hindustan Times)

Protests continued for the second day on Wednesday at Amity Law School Delhi (ALSD) over the suicide of third-year law student Sushant Rohilla.

Students, along with Sushant’s family, demanded action against the faculty of ALSD for allegedly harassing the deceased student. The law school is located in Noida sector 125.

On August 10, Sushant Rohilla, a BA LLB student, was found dead at his residence in Laxmi Bai Nagar, Delhi. Rohilla’s friends and family said he took the step after he was debarred from writing the annual examinations.

A total of 19 students, including Rohilla, were debarred from their VIth semester examination over attendence issues.

Rohilla had 43% attendance. A minimum of 75% attendance is mandatory for appearing in the exams.

On Wednesday morning, around 100-150 students and Rohilla’s kin staged protests outside Amity University demanding action against professor Isheeta Rutabhasini and Director BP Singh Sehgal of ALSD.

“The students have suffered enough. It’s time college and universities stop abusing and start protecting them. I just want to appeal to all the educators of the country to please take cognizance of this problem,” said Mehak Rohilla, Sushant’s sister.

“The attitude of teachers has been downright rude and intimidating. They know they can withhold our degrees and have access to our attendance,” said a friend and classmate of Rohilla, on condition of anonymity.

The ALSD administration sent the two professors on leave and constituted an inquiry committee.

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“ALDS has asked Dr Isheeta Rutabhasini and Professor BP Singh Sehgal not to come to the University. We set up a seven-member inquiry committee that will submit its report regarding the complaints made by students till Friday,” said Gurinder Singh, additional vice-chancellor, Amity group

On the issue of attendance, a university representative said Rohilla had 29% attendance in classes and 14% for his extra-curricular activities.

“Attendance was given strictly according to rules and regulations,” said DK Bandhopadhyay, advisor to the founder president of Amity group.

Rohilla’s parents alleged the college authorities had not informed them regarding their son’s shortage in attendance, and that he was going to be suspended.

“Sushant wrote a mail to Amity group director Ashok Chauhan pleading his interference in this matter where he clearly mentioned that he is experiencing mental truama. Why was no action taken after that mail? Had they informed me before hand, we would have done something,” said Jagdish rohilla, father of Sushant.

Amity authorities said both Sushant and his father were informed about the poor attendance.

Social media came out in support of Rohilla as his friends. A trend #justiceforSushant was seen on Twitter as hundreds of students registered their protest.

Popular stand up artists such as Rohan Joshi and Aditti Mittal also campaigned against institutional bullying.

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